Since patterns are such an important math skill, I wanted to bring you a few other fun ways that you can practice them with your preschooler to extend the practice you are already doing on your calendar!
- Pattern Jewelry
This is a pretty common way to practice patterns with younger children. You can use beads, cereal, or pasta for your pattern material, and string or pipe cleaners to string your pattern onto. It’s a fun way for your preschooler to practice their fine motor skills too, and they also get to show off their fabulous patterns all day!
- Lego Patterns
Work with your preschooler to copy patterns with Lego Duplo bricks. I am in love with these really awesome free printables – I’m planning to laminate them and store them in our Duplo basket so Julia can practice her patterns anytime she likes!
- Yummy Patterns
Food-related items definitely get a child’s interest! You could use candy, cereal, different cheese cubes, or even small pieces of fruit. A great way to incorporate patterns into snack time!
- Cut-and-Paste Patterns
Julia is IN LOVE with glue. These free printables (found here) put her right in her happy place. There are many other worksheets like this online, too… just Google “free cut and paste pattern worksheets” and print away!
- Pattern Box
Kids love giant cardboard boxes, why not turn one into a pattern-filled playspace? We used die-cut butterflies, dollar store stickers, feathers, and foam letter stickers. You could draw boxes and have your preschooler color them in with a pattern, use dot markers, or glue pom-poms to the box. The best part is when your child climbs in and you hear them reading off patterns on their own!
- Kinesthetic Patterns
Jump! Sit! Jump! Sit! I think that these are so fun to do with your child – and if you think about it, it’s a great way to squeeze in a little exercise for us parents, too! 😉
Check out my pattern board on Pinterest for these and other great pattern ideas!